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Camping Forecasts New Date for End of the World

The Huffington Post live-blogged the remarks made by Harold Camping on his Family Radio show Monday night at 5:30 PM PST in reference to his predicting the rapture would occur on May 21, 2011. Camping said God did indeed bring judgment on the world this past Saturday, May 21, but it was a “spiritual” instead of physical judgment—the true end of days would actually occur in five months on October 21, 2011. Camping said he was aware that several people ended jobs or donated their life savings to spread the rapture message, but he says he never told people to do that. “There are people who for example that have given up their jobs…to work for Family Radio, given their time, and they do because they love the Lord.” Camping was asked several times by reporters if he will apologize for his prediction, and he finally said, “”If people want me to apologize, I will apologize…I did not have all that worked out as accurately as I should have had it. That doesn’t bother me at all.” Camping maintains that the timing and structure of the rapture is the same as its always been. A Family Radio employee told The Christian Post that more than $100 million was spent on advertising Camping’s end-of-the-world prophecy.

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